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Tom Lawrence

Michael H. Shuman said economic paternalism, or fiscal segregation, is unfairly blocking economic growth and opportunities.

The economist/author/lawyer, who will be in Powell Thursday and Friday for a two-day seminar sponsored by Powell Economic Partnership, Inc., said people of modest means have long been unfairly denied the opportunity to invest their money.

What a difference a few degrees can make.

Just ask farmers in the Big Horn Basin. They have literally experienced lows and highs in the past two weeks and will feel the impact in their bank accounts. They know that, since it’s the business they have chosen and nothing they haven’t seen before.

Thumbs up to a report that the teen birth rate declined in Wyoming for the fifth year in a row, but thumbs down to the fact that it remains above the national average.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 34.6 babies per 1,000 are born to girls ages 15-19. That’s down from 50.1 births per 1,000 in 2007 but still far too high; the national rate is 29.4 births per 1,000 to teen moms.

The Powell High School girls swim team won both meets it competed in last weekend, including the Gene Dozah Invite held at the Powell Aquatic Center Saturday.

PHS scored 268 points to edge past rival Jackson Hole High School, which had 253 points. That’s a reversal of last year, when Jackson Hole claimed the meet title.

The gridiron folks will team up with diamond devotees this weekend.

The Powell High School football team and the Panther cheerleaders will take part in this weekend’s co-ed softball tourney that will benefit the family of the late PHS football coach and teacher Jim Stringer.

Washington, D.C., has been under attack twice in American history. Lynne Cheney lived through one and has written a book that takes a close look at the other.

Cheney, 73, is the wife of former Vice President and Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney and the mother of Liz Cheney, who briefly sought the Republican nomination for the 2014 Senate race in the state.

Thumbs up to the people who honor the memory of Sept. 11, 2001.

Yes, it was 13 years ago today that one of the darkest chapters in American history was written by a small band of  fanatical terrorists and the evil men who guided them. They hijacked airplanes and struck New York City and Washington, D.C., killing 2,977 innocent people.

The sugar beet harvest is underway.

Mark Bjornestad, Western Sugar’s area field man, said the Lovell factory opened Monday and beets are being sliced. The harvest continues through the end of October, he said, and the factory will run 24 hours per day until all the beets are processed, generally in mid-February.

The smell of popcorn was in the air, their names were on the marquee and Adam Sandler was crooning as Jordan Jansson and James Comer were joined in wedlock.

The rain had slackened off and the skies were clearing, allowing the American Dream Drive-in to show Sandler’s movie, “The Wedding Singer,” during the couple’s reception. Yes, this was not your typical marriage.

Those spring rains are still being felt as fall beckons.

The Wyoming barley harvest is about two weeks behind normal, and the soggy spring that kept farmers out of their fields is being blamed for it, with recent rains also contributing. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, 54 percent of the barley in the state had been harvested as of the end of August.

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